The United Nations Association of the USA has extended an invitation to all members to attend their Global Engagement Summit at the United Nations Headquarters building in New York City on February 23, 2018. According to the UNA-USA, “the Global Engagement Summit allows UN advocates to participate in a day of dynamic and informative discussions on the most pressing issues facing the United Nations. This event unites world leaders with our nation’s top grassroots change-makers.” The annual event has been branded as Member’s Day at the UN in previous years.
The Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the UNA-USA has decided to partner with our GenUN chapter to take 10 local students to the UN for this event. Students come from Clinton, Whitesboro, Proctor, Baldwinsville, and Manlius-Pebble Hill high schools. The trip has been organized by our Vice President, Greg Smith, who also organizes our annual Model UN conference. New member, Andrea Stabak, will also attend as a chaperone.
At the Global Engagement Summit, those who attend will have the opportunity to participate in four breakout sessions. Each breakout session will have an option to become more informed on a specific topic OR learn how to become more active on a particular issue. The topics/issues on which the sessions are organized include: Climate Change, Advocacy through the Arts, Peace and Security, Taking Action on the Global Goals, Private Sector’s Role in Achieving the Global Goals, Stand Up for Human Rights, The Refugee Crisis, and Using Technology for Social Good.
Those who plan on attending are excited to engage in this exciting event and look forward to bringing what they have learned back to Utica with them to more effectively advocate for the ideals and values that are embedded in the Charter of the United Nations as we strive to make the following words of Eleanor Roosevelt come to life:
Where, after all, do universal rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
—Eleanor Roosevelt, “The Great Question,” remarks delivered at the United Nations in New York on March 27, 1958.